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72-year-old landlord drowns his tenant’s cat because it knocked over his toy airplane

By Mason White 5:24 PM December 1, 2014
Neil Lewis 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A landlord was arrested, charged and convicted of animal cruelty after drowning his tenant cat because he hated it, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, the Colchester Magistrates’ Court has sentenced 72-year-old Neil Lewis, to 18 weeks in prison suspended for two years.

He was also banned from having animals for life.

The court heard that tenant Alexander Hammond, brought a kitten home after finding it at the Colchester railway station and being unable to locate its owner.

After a few weeks, Hammond noticed that Lewis hated the cat.
Lewis said that he was fed up with the cat because it knocked over his model airplane.

Lewis told Hammond that he should take the cat outside and set it loose. A few days later, Lewis was seen by a witness with the cat at a nearby river.

He was seen placing the pet in the water.

When questioned by police, Lewis said: “I didn’t like that cat. It was always a pain and scratched things. There’s another cat at home I like, my cat.”

The cat was taken to a veterinarian, but was pronounced dead on arrival. Lewis pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.